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Shield stacking headers for Arduino (R3 Compatible)

SKU: ADA85

$3.70 AUD, inc GST
$3.36 AUD, exc GST

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Shield stacking headers for Arduino (R3 Compatible)
3.7 AUD

SKU: ADA85

$3.70 AUD, inc GST
$3.36 AUD, exc GST
6 reviews 0 5 4.7
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“How could something so simple be so useful?” 

Adafruit heard once that in the 4th millenium B.C. some guy asked the person who invented the wheel that question.  The person who invented the wheel’s answer, Adafruit were told, was something like “well it’s not actually that simple - it required engineering and innovation and this thing called mathematics that probably hasn’t been discovered yet and blah blah blah…” on and on and on until the guy got called away to go fight a minotaur or something.

Cool story, right? Adafruit mention it because stacking headers are sort of like the wheel to the Arduino civilization - meaning this thing that’s incredibly simple, incredibly useful, but still so brilliant you’re amazed they didn’t exist before the day they started existing. 

What are they for? Stacking.  You put the headers on top of your Arduino and then you can add shields like our Protoshield or our Motor Shield  or our Proto-Screwshield (pictured above) to get your Arduino doing all the cool things you want it to.  Adafruit's set includes 1x 10-pin header, 2x 8-pin headers, 2x 6-pin headers, and one 2x3 header.

The legs are all 10.5mm long, so after PCB thickness (1.7mm) you have a height of 8.8mm - just enough to clear the Arduino's USB-B connector.  They’re also fully compatible with shields designed for Arduino R3 and the Leonardo.  For shields that don’t use the 10-pin header or 2x3 header, use the 6 or 8 pin ones.

Some experimentation might be necessary to get these working.  For example:

  • You can stack on top of a Proto Shield, but not if there is a breadboard on it
  • You can stack on top of an Adafruit Motor Shield v2
  • You can stack on top of a Wave, NFC/RFID, or GPS shield with no problems
  • You can stack on top of an Ethernet shield, but you'll need two sets of headers to clear the Ethernet jack.
  • You can't stack on top of Adafruit's TFT or LCD shields
  • Some shields use the ICSP (2x3) header in which case you may need to solder in the stacking 2x3

Really, the possibilities are endless, just keep in mind that you may need to do some adjusting of code to handle the multiple devices and that there may be pin compatibilities.


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Customer Reviews

  1. Review by Simon verified purchaser
    Rating
    100

    These headers were a cinch to solder into my Adafruit motor shield, and enabled me to connect it straight to my Arduino UNO with no problems. Thanks Core! (Posted on 6/09/2018)

  2. Review by Leith verified purchaser
    Rating
    100

    Found these headers to be very convenient (Posted on 1/05/2018)

  3. Review by James verified purchaser
    Rating
    100

    This item was used with the UNO plastic case to bring the headers flush with the top of the case. Had to cut the pins in half but works nicely. Recommend this item and case be purchased together. (Posted on 16/09/2017)

  4. Review by Stefan verified purchaser
    Rating
    60

    Delivered as promised. Well packed against damage.
    Haven't used it yet. (Posted on 26/07/2017)

  5. Review by jaison verified purchaser
    Rating
    100

    Good and handy !! (Posted on 21/11/2016)

  6. Review by Terrence - High Quality Product verified purchaser
    Rating
    100

    This kit of Headers is the best that I have used, it has everything that is required to transfer ALL the pins to the next board, the length is excellent for stacking, they give a little bit extra clearance for the slightly bigger components on the male side of the pins. Great value and worked perfectly on my Freescale Boards as well. (Posted on 15/02/2015)

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